It’s not unusual these days to walk into a bookstore and find a huge display about witchcraft, crystals, tarot, and the occult.
These topics are heavily promoted in stores and on-line, but they are not consistent with Catholic teaching.
“All forms of divination are to be rejected,” says the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The attempt to tame occult powers is “gravely contrary to the virtue of religion,” according to the Catechism. “Superstition is a departure from the worship that we give to the true God.”
While popular among many people in today’s social-media-fueled culture, witchcraft, crystals, tarot, Ouija boards, and the occult are not harmless fun. Trying to discover the future through some form of fortunetelling, or trying to control the future through witchcraft or sorcery, violates the First Commandment: “I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods before me.”
Father Philip Maas, assistant pastor of St. Ignatius Loyola Parish in Sinking Spring and St. Francis de Sales Parish in Robesonia, recently reminded his followers about this on his Facebook page, after finding a display promoting occult topics in a local bookstore:
“Christians, stay far away from these things. They are easy entryways for the demonic.”